blank


blank
1 adjective
1 showing no expression, understanding, or interest: Her eyes were blank and stared right through me. | a blank look
2 without any writing, print, or recorded sound: Leave the last page blank. | a blank cassette
3 go blank
a) to be suddenly unable to remember something: When I got into the exam room I just panicked and my mind went completely blank.
b) to stop showing any images, writing etc: Suddenly the screen went blank.
-see also: blank verse - blankly adverb - blankness noun (U) 2 noun (C)
1 an empty space on a piece of paper, where you are supposed to write a word or letter: Use this information to fill in the blanks on your form.
2 my mind's a blank spoken used to say that you cannot remember something: I'm trying to think of his name, but my mind's a complete blank.
3 a cartridge (=container for a bullet in a gun) that contains an explosive but no bullet: Soldiers fired blanks into the crowd.
-see also: draw a blank draw 1 (36) - blankness noun (U) 3 verb
1 (I) AmE to be suddenly unable to remember something: I blanked in the oral exam.
2 (T) BrE spoken to ignore someone who you would usually greet or speak to: Why did she blank Phil when he came in?
blank sth out phrasal verb (T) informal
1 to cover something so that it cannot be seen: The actual names had been blanked out.
2 to completely forget something, especially deliberately: I tried to blank out everything he had said from my mind.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • blank — blank …   Kölsch Dialekt Lexikon

  • Blank — ist: als Adjektiv abgeleitet von blank „schimmernd“ oder „hell“ (von „blinken“; vgl. Blanker Hans) In der saloppen Sprache wird mit „blank“ jedoch auch eine Person bezeichnet, der momentan kein Geld zur Verfügung hat. Das Wort „blank“ kann auch… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Blank — Blank, a. [OE. blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, fr. F. blanc, fem. blanche, fr. OHG. blanch shining, bright, white, G. blank; akin to E. blink, cf. also AS. blanc white. ?98. See {Blink}, and cf. 1st {Blanch}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of a white or pale …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blank — Blank, n. 1. Any void space; a void space on paper, or in any written instrument; an interval void of consciousness, action, result, etc; a void. [1913 Webster] I can not write a paper full, I used to do; and yet I will not forgive a blank of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blank — [blaŋk] adj. [ME < OFr blanc, white < Frank * blank, white, gleaming, akin to OE blanca, white steed < IE * bhleg , to shine: see BLACK] 1. Obs. colorless or white 2. a) not written, recorded, etc. on; not marked; empty [a blank sheet of …   English World dictionary

  • blank — blank: Mhd. blanc »blinkend, weiß glänzend, schön«, ahd. blanch »blank«, niederl. blank »blank, glänzend, weiß«, schwed. black »fahl« gehören mit den unter ↑ blinken behandelten Wörtern zu der Wortgruppe von ↑ blecken. Das Adjektiv wurde mit… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Blank — blank: Mhd. blanc »blinkend, weiß glänzend, schön«, ahd. blanch »blank«, niederl. blank »blank, glänzend, weiß«, schwed. black »fahl« gehören mit den unter ↑ blinken behandelten Wörtern zu der Wortgruppe von ↑ blecken. Das Adjektiv wurde mit… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Blank — Blank, er, este, adj. et adv. welches nur in den gemeinen Mundarten, besonders Niedersachsens, üblich ist. 1) Für weiß. Blanker Wein, weißer Wein, im Gegensatze des rothen. Ir hende ir arme blanch, Graf Werner von Hohenberg. Kele blank, Graf… …   Grammatisch-kritisches Wörterbuch der Hochdeutschen Mundart

  • blank — I (emptiness) noun absence, barrenness, cipher, hiatus, hollowness, mexistence, insubstantiality, nil, nonesse, nonexistence, nonsubsistence, nonentity, nothing, nothingness, nullity, tabula rasa, unsubstantiality, vacancy, vacuousness, vacuum,… …   Law dictionary

  • blank — blank; blank·er; blank·ly; blank·ness; blank·ety blank; …   English syllables

  • blank — Adj std. (10. Jh.), mhd. blank, ahd. blanc, mndd. blank Stammwort. Führen auf vd. * blanka Adj. glänzend, weiß, hell zurück. Damit vergleicht sich zunächst (als Pferdefarbe) anord. blakkr fahl , aber auch braun , ae. blanca Schimmel , so daß wohl …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache


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